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A political action committee is a group or legal entity formed to raise and contribute money to the campaigns of candidates whom they support. PACs are regulated by the Federal Election Commission.
RheumPAC is a political action committee dedicated to increasing rheumatology’s presence on Capitol Hill. It is the only PAC dedicated to the rheumatology profession. RheumPAC began in 2007 with the purpose of supporting the ACR in its efforts to build contacts, influence, and visibility within Washington, D.C. RheumPAC works to elect pro-rheumatology candidates and increases the ACR's access to members of Congress and the opportunity to educate them on issues of importance to rheumatology advocacy.
RheumPAC focuses on the ACR's top public policy priorities set by the Government Affairs Committee and approved by the Board of Directors. Read ACR’s policy statements >
RheumPAC is non-partisan and therefore, gives to candidates of all political parties. The primary criteria used to determine RheumPAC support for a member of Congress are as follows:
See RheumPAC's supported House and Senate candidates for the 2016 election.
To recommend a federal candidate for RheumPAC support, please contact email@example.com.
The RheumPAC committee which consists of ACR and ARHP members determines who receives RheumPAC contributions. Each committee member serves a three year term. All contributions made to candidates are researched, discussed, and voted on by the RheumPAC committee with guidance from ACR staff.
All RheumPAC funds are pooled together to support candidates who can advance rheumatology in Washington. The RheumPAC committee gives close to equally between parties or in proportion to the makeup of Congress. Members of all affiliations have the ability to advance or hinder our issues, and RheumPAC instead pays close attention to committee assignments, seniority, and voting record.
Like it or not, what the government does and doesn't do has a direct impact on the way you run your practice and are paid for your services. RheumPAC assists the ACR in its advocacy efforts by helping to elect pro-rheumatology candidates to Congress. It also provides more opportunities to meet with champion members of Congress and educate them on rheumatology-related issues. Supporting candidates fosters relationships and ensures the ACR is in the game when discussing important health care issues. All rheumatology professionals benefit when the ACR is involved. RheumPAC makes these opportunities possible.
You can contribute online any time, when you renew your ACR or ARHP membership, or download a contribution form and mail in a personal check. Any contribution, big or small, makes a difference. Do your part and invest today.
Disclaimer: Contributions to RheumPAC are used for political purposes. Contributions to RheumPAC are not tax deductible for federal income tax purposes. All contributions to RheumPAC are voluntary and must be made with personal funds. You may refuse to contribute without reprisal. Any proposed contribution amounts are merely suggestions; you may choose to contribute more or less or not at all. RheumPAC will not favor or disadvantage anyone by reason of the amount contributed or the decision not to contribute. Federal law prohibits contributions from corporations. RheumPAC participants must be United States citizens or permanent resident aliens.